Monday, July 8, 2013

Arrivederci Roma


Brief cases...


...and shopping


...and wild things


...and little black dresses


...and Via del Corso traffic


...with white shirt and white pants


...and dreds


...and terracotta handbags


...and terracotta walls


...and pink bikes


...and even perfect parking


It's all in here somewhere...

...but now I've had to leave that beautiful European mix of cycling; leave Rome and Florence and Salzburg and Vienna (sigh) and come back to Australia for the usual helpings of mysogyny and nanny states and public do-gooders and helmet laws and court cases (next matter listed for September 19, 2013, Downing Centre, Sydney)...

Oh, Velo-City2013 you seem forever away and now all I have to look forward to is Adelaide next year...hehehehe!...ha ha ha!...HA! HA! HA!...MWAH! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! (hysterical)

Dream over...nightmare recommences

4 comments:

  1. I see that VeloCity Adelaide is inviting speakers to submit abstracts. You could perhaps give a 'Dissertation on the differences in cycling between Australia and other countries'. Just put all these pictures in a PowerPoint presentation and say "why not here?" for each one. There is no valid answer to that question other than 'barriers in the head'.

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    1. hmmmn...I like the notion of me (or anybody for that matter) with fabulous everyday ordinary slides of fabulous everyday ordinary people going about their lives occasionally on fabulous everyday ordinary bicycles and only saying "why not here?" for each slide!!!!

      - equally powerful and subversive! - thanks, Edward, you've got me thinking...

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  2. Hi Sue, I suppose you've already seen this Guardian piece: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2013/jul/09/bike-blog-cycling-road-safety

    I love Rome very much, but it still has a long way to go to be as safe and friendly for cyclists (or pedestrians!) as the other cities you've shown. They also used to have the slowest trams on Earth, which were rather fun if you were just looking at the sights, but absurd for commuters.

    http://www.biciroma.it/index.php

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams_in_Rome If the tram in the photo could actually wind up in Argentina (the country) it would be the thing of dreams. But it is just headed for Largo Argentina, a public square with a lot of Roman ruins ... and a cat sanctuary!

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    1. Thanks, Lagatta, for link to interesting Guardian article - just what we've all been thinking for agess

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